Two international garden festivals to join forces

The Reford Gardens International Garden Festival will be partnering with the Festival International des Jardins.

“FolkFlore”
Photo credit: LNpaysage and Champ Libre, studio créatif

The Reford Gardens International Garden Festival has announced that for the first time, it will partner with the Festival International des Jardins, the event of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, in France.

The Reford Gardens International Garden Festival will run from June 22 to October 6, 2024, and this year’s theme will be The Ecology of Possibilities.

International Garden Festival organizers first reached out to Chantal Colleu-Dumond, director of the Domaine, in 2022, which led to a reciprocal invitation to participate in the festivals’ 33rd and 25th editions.

An all-female team from Québec will represent the Reford Gardens International Garden Festival at the 2024 edition of the Festival International des Jardins of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, which will be held from April 24 to November 3, 2024, on the theme Jardin source de vie (the Life-Source Garden).

“Bruissement d’ailes”, 3D rendering
Photo credit: Bernard Chapuis and Georges Vafias

Festival and Reford Gardens director Alexander Reford, and festival artistic director Ève De Garie-Lamanque will join the designers for the ceremony at Chaumont-sur-Loire on Friday, May 3.

The French delegation will travel to Grand-Métis the following month to complete the installation of their garden and to take part in the opening ceremony and the Journées de réflexion on June 21, 22 and 23. The keynote speech will be given by the guest of honour, Chantal Colleu-Dumond, on Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Birdview of the International Garden Festival and of the Reford Gardens, 2023
Photo credit: Charlotte Garneau

The brand new garden for the 33rd Festival International des Jardins of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire is FolkFlore, which is “set against the backdrop of the dawn of the digital age, globalization and the frenetic pace of technological advancement.” It stands in contrast to the homogenizing force of globalization and offers an in-depth reflection on the garden as a cultural construction.

At the Reford Gardens 25th International Garden Festival, Bruissement d’ailes will highlight the need to get back to basics and be as close as possible to the natural environment. It will encourage visitors to rekindle their relationship with nature and to pause for a moment in the shade of three sails.

Château du Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire
Photo credit: Eric Sander

This partnership comes at time where the Reford Gardens International Garden Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and is also an opportunity to recall that it was the Domaine’s own garden festival that inspired the creation of the Reford Gardens festival in 2000.